I wonder how you say…

An activity that combines translation, drilling newly acquired vocabulary and engaging the students with the language to go beyond vocabulary input provided by textbooks and to present an extra challenge, yet still within the students’ grasp, in the spirit of what Jim Scrivener calls “doable demands”.  As Jim wisely puts it in Demand High, “communicative language teaching had painted itself into a corner, encouraging a … Continue reading I wonder how you say…

syntactic priming

Syntactic priming is the process that takes place when we make predictions upon hearing certain grammatical patterns which guide us to guess the string of words that are more likely to be uttered next based on our previous encounters with those patterns. Basically we are constantly building sentences based on what we hear, which are next confirmed or then reformulated. We hypothesise. We fill gaps. … Continue reading syntactic priming

from reading passage to interview

Here is a highly productive and engaging way of getting the most out of a reading passage. The idea is for the students to first read and understand the passage as whole individually and in silence. This can take place in the classroom or you may decide to assign a reading passage as out of class work. Clarify meaning, highlight focal vocabulary and interesting bits … Continue reading from reading passage to interview

the -irregular- year I was born in

Memory is the process by which we encode, store and retrieve information. When we have conversations our short term memory is activated to remember what the speaker has said and to respond coherently. We also activate our long term memory to use the language we know that is stored in our brains. As the old saying goes, “use it or lose it”. Memory is quintessential to … Continue reading the -irregular- year I was born in

top three posts of 2018

The year is coming to an end and KIS Activities will be taking a two-week break. It is very comforting and encouraging to have seen this blog grow exponentially this year. In the meantime, here are the three most visited blog posts in 2018: At number three: Articles in English. Students do some practice on definite and indefinite articles from songs you play in class. … Continue reading top three posts of 2018